Coach Brower has returned to his alma mater in Tallahassee to lead the Seminoles’ Lacrosse Program to new horizons. Brower was selected by President Noah Dearman and his fellow executive board after a nationwide search.
Coach Brower was member of the FSU team from 2013-2017. He was selected as a Team Captain four times spanning between his sophomore season to his redshirt Senior year. In his rookie campaign, he posted 8 goals and 5 assists. In his Sophomore season, he put up 25 goals and 10 assists, earning him 1st Team All-Conference Midfield honors. After injuries ended his junior and senior seasons early, Brower returned for a redshirt fifth year to tally 24 total points. His offensive contributions and leadership propelled the Seminoles to their first MCLA National Championships appearance in a decade in 2017. Coach Brower graduated from Florida State with Bachelor degrees in both Sport Management and Business Management.
Prior to FSU, Brower was a standout midfielder at Ponte Vedra High School, a perennial lacrosse powerhouse in North Florida. Brower was a key member of Ponte Vedra teams that won back to back District and Regional championships in 2011 and 2012, as well as the school’s first State Final Four appearances in both respective seasons.
Coach Brower has worked alongside North Florida high school and club programs in both Tallahassee and Ponte Vedra the past seven years helping to grow and teach lacrosse to many area youth and high school players.
In a recent interview with Florida Lacrosse News, Coach Brower provided his thoughts on returning to Tallahassee as Head Coach-
“My passion for Florida State University and for the sport of lacrosse makes this a natural choice. It is a tremendous opportunity to give back to the university and the sport that have both given me so much.”
He also outlined his expectations for the team in his first year-
“Our initial goals are to create a spirit of team unity and competitiveness while bringing back excitement to the program. This begins with strong leadership from both our coaching staff and executive board. It’s our job to bring in great players and help develop them as teammates, students, and men. If we hold to these fundamental aspects of our historic program at FSU, our on the field success will follow suit.”
Assistant Head Coach
Coach Mike McGraw has been on the Florida State Lacrosse staff since the 2015 season, starting out as an assistant coach. He took over as the interim head coach for the final five regular season games of the 2017-2018 season, with the team going 5-0 during that time and earning a berth in the SELC tournament. He will be returning to the team as the Assistant Head Coach for the upcoming season.
Coach McGraw grew up just outside of Philadelphia, playing high school lacrosse at Strath Haven High School in Wallingford, PA. He graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, having played four years of NCAA Division III lacrosse as a defenseman, and moved to Tallahassee shortly thereafter.
In addition to his involvement with Florida State Lacrosse, Coach McGraw earned his Master of Science in Sport Management from Florida State University and is currently an English teacher at Godby High School in Tallahassee.
Assistant Coach- Offensive Coordinator
Coach Louis Albasi was born in New York City where he spent his younger years growing up. Later moving to Vero Beach, Florida, Albasi attended Vero Beach high school and was a four time letter winner for the Fighting Indians as a goal keeper. Albasi achieved back to back first team all-area goalie selections, and his team also won four consecutive district titles. During this time, Albasi posted a 72% career save percentage.
While attending Florida State University, Albasi chose a different path. Unlike many athletes who wanted to continue their playing career after high school, Albasi left four years of eligibility behind him and began his coaching career. Albasi is able to add a dimension of coaching that is important to the game; using his background as a player to demand the most while always implementing pride, growth, and effort in his coaching philosophy. With over eight years coaching experience, he brings expertise in a diverse aspect of the game.
Coach Albasi began his Tallahassee coaching career as an Assistant for the Maclay preparatory High School in 2011. After a successful three-year tenure with the Marauders, he transitioned to a larger role with Leon High School as their head coach. Starting his career as a goalie coach he quickly adapted to offensive abilities, and mindset. This has helped him become the exceptional coach that he is today. Albasi has had rapid success among the high school ranks, eventually earning All Big Bend Coach of the Year honors in his first season as head coach with the Leon Lions (2017). Leading them to their best season since the team’s inception in 2008 (15-5).
Albasi has been an integral part in growing lacrosse in the Tallahassee region for over eight years at every level while coaching with the Tallahassee Lacrosse Club, and later helping start North Florida Lacrosse Club in the Big Bend Area. Albasi stepped into a late offensive interim roll with the lacrosse team late last season (2018). Through his short stay with the team he proved he has what it takes to win. With a new light turning the corner at FSU lacrosse we welcome Coach Louis Albasi.
Assistant Coach- Defensive Midfield & Transition
Coach William “Glover” Glover grew up playing box and field lacrosse in the Greater Toronto Area. During his high school years he played indoors for the Junior ‘B’ and Junior ‘A’ squads – Oakville Buzz and Burlington Chiefs, respectfully.
Before entering collegiate sports, Glover took a post-graduate year to play under Coach Brodie Merrill and Coach Merrick Thompson at the Hill Academy. Coming off a devastating knee injury, he shifted his focus from sports to academics, and decided to play college lacrosse for Coach Harkins and the respected club program at FSU. Glover played all 4 of his undergraduate years on FSU’s lacrosse team as a defensive midfielder, serving as captain his junior and senior years. Graduating in 2016 with a Bachelors of Science, Glover now attends FSU’s College of Medicine with aspirations of becoming a physician in Emergency, Trauma Surgery, or Sports medicine.
Before earning the defensive position at FSU, he has coached for Leon High School and its associated summer club program. His goal as Assistant Coach at FSU is to encourage the family mentality of the FSU men’s lacrosse program that he enjoyed as a player. Additionally, he will implement aggressive but disciplined defensive strategies that he executed during his days on the concrete box floors in Canada.
Assistant Coach- Defensive Coordinator
Coach Kevin Hoppey attended Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando where he played for the Junior Varsity Football team in the Fall his freshman and sophomore years as well as being a four-year letterman for the Lacrosse team in the Spring. He was a two-time captain, in his Junior and Senior years and helped lead the team to their first ever District championship his Junior Season. He graduated as the school record holder for Ground Balls in a Season as well as Ground Balls in a career.
Coach Hoppey played and started all four of his undergraduate years at Florida State while obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree with a Double Major of Sport Management and Psychology in 2017. Coach Hoppey has coached various youth and young adult club teams throughout his collegiate career and was also a volunteer assistant coach at FSU during the 2017-2018 season. He is currently a Master’s Degree Candidate in the Sports Psychology program at Florida State.
His goal for his time as defensive coordinator at FSU is to create a similar fun-loving culture that he experienced during his playing days at FSU, while also implementing the organization necessary to be successful on the field.